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Frequently Asked Question #215. How do I search my journal? How can I find a particular entry or comment?

The Search tool, found in the upper-right hand corner on site schemed pages, is one way to find public entries and comments. In order to use this function, you will need to uncheck the "Search inclusion" option on the Privacy tab of the My Account Settings page.

Navigational Tools

There are also a few navigational tools you can use to find old entries or comments:
  • The month view of a journal (http://exampleusername.livejournal.com/yyyy/mm/) or (http://users.livejournal.com/exampleusername/yyyy/mm/) will display all entries made in that journal in that month, listing them by date/time and by the subject line of the entry. (For community entries, it will also display the username of the person who posted the entry.) If you remember the subject line used for the entry you are searching for, you can use this method to find the entry.

  • If you are trying to find an entry by a specific user in a community (this includes yourself), you can use the following format to limit community entries by poster, replacing "examplecomm" with the community name and "exampleusername" with the username of the user in question: http://community.livejournal.com/examplecomm/?poster=exampleusername

  • If you remember the approximate date of the entry you are looking for, you can use the Day view of the journal (http://exampleusername.livejournal.com/yyyy/mm/dd/) or (http://users.livejournal.com/exampleusername/yyyy/mm/dd/) to view all entries made on that day. Most styles provide a way of going to the next or previous day.

    Both of these views can also be accessed through the Calendar or Archive for that journal.

  • You may use the Tags feature or the Memories feature to access entries that you have previously categorized. Both of these features are useful for marking or saving posts in a way that will allow you to find them later.

    Finding Comments

    When you are logged in, your Manage Comments page will display the most recent comments that you have received and posted. (Please note that the comments received will only include comments that were posted to your journal, and will not include comments you receive to community entries, or responses to comments you have left in other journals. The comments posted will include comments you have posted in any journal or community.) The number of comments displayed on this page depends on your account type.

    Aside from this page, LiveJournal does not provide any method of displaying comments that you have received, or of searching through a journal to find a particular comment. If you remember what entry it was a comment to, you can use the instructions above to locate the entry in question, and then view the Read Comments page for that entry. You can also navigate through entries. (Please note that if comments have been disabled on the journal or on that specific entry, existing comments will not display.)

    If you have chosen to receive comment notification emails, and you save the emails that you receive, you may be able to find a particular comment by using your mail client to search through these emails. For information on whether or not your mail client allows you to search through messages, please consult your client's documentation. Please note that LiveJournal cannot provide instructions for doing this, or guarantee that this method will work.

    Third Party Search

    Users may use their favorite search engine. You can also manage search engine inclusion settings for your own journal.

Last Updated: October 13th, 2010

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